Hi, im a 18 year old male and i just recently found out i have a disc herniation in the L5/S1 discs. it is causing leg pain as well and i have roughly had it for 6 months. it most likely occured while i was playing basketball at that time. i was wondering what the best course of action for this problem would be. one of my major concerns is my physical ability to play sports( basketball) and lift weights. I am now considering to either go through with a cortisone injection in my back or go through extensive physical therapy with deep tissue massages, acupuncture, and etc. I know the injections are usually temporary and that physical therapy is a longshot because ive had this for so long. i would just like to hear about others experiences with this porblem and i know that the last restore would be surgery which i would like to avoid if possible. and also would like to know that if this problem will limit me in the long run from playing basketball or any other physical abilities.